Frugality Creating Beauty: How Scrap Quilts Developed
Called a “charm” quilt in the late 19th century, young women collected hundreds of different fabrics from their family and friends. Perhaps if they collected 999 different squares, their true love would bring them the thousandth–and their happily-ever-after dream, too. One quilting blogger speculates that collecting these fabrics may have given girls opportunities to ask their love interest for a contribution!
The scrap quilt has also been called a “beggar” quilt, referring to quilters asking each other for contributions to their projects. Trying to put together a bedspread without repeating every fabric, they also called the quilts “odd feller” quilts–every piece was an odd feller. Some families recall their mother repeating one square, however, so that a child sick in bed might be entertained looking for the matching patches.
Still another name scrap quilts went by is the “postage stamp” quilt, so called because quilters would use their tiniest scraps, sometimes no bigger than a postage stamp. Perhaps the original motivation was not wasting the smallest piece (historians recall the scarcity of the Great Depression in this), but it also became a challenge at some point. Quilters would collect thousands of pieces to compete with each other in making stitched masterpieces.
A quilt is not only a comfortable bedspread: it is also a masterpiece of artwork. The crafters who design our quilts select top quality vibrant fabrics and arrange them into an eye-catching masterpiece. Pick from our selection of over 2 hundred Amish handmade quilts for a quilt that best enhances your home design.
While the fabric pieces are sewn together by machine to make certain tighter sewing, all the quilting is done by hand. 100% cotton fabrics compose the top and bottom of the quilt. The batting sandwiched between those 2 layers, nevertheless, is 100% polyester. This polyester batting guaranties both warmth and outstanding washing results.
Most of our quilts are sizable enough to eliminate the need for a dust ruffle and pillow shams. Just as bed heights are different, each quilt's measurements can be different. You'll find we specify the quilt's measurements along with the determined drop for you to compare to the sizing you are looking for. It is important to do your homework before purchasing!
Can you wash these quilts?
As a matter of fact, these quilts are indeed machine-washable! We suggest adhering to these standards for ideal handling results:
- Machine wash with cold water on gentle cycle.
- Use light laundry detergent, such as liquid Cheer for colors (No bleach or bleach alternatives. No Woolite or fabric softener.) For the very first washing, include 1/2 cup vinegar and also 2 tablespoons of salt in addition to the laundry detergent. This home remedy prevents hemorrhage as well as helps to protect the colors in your quilt.
- Remove quilt when the washer finishes to lessen wrinkles as well as color-bleeding.
- Never put a quilt in the clothes dryer! Line dry on a breezy day.
- Quilts could be dry-cleaned at your own risk, however we certainly advise washing.
Amish Homemade Quilt Facts
Over the centuries, numerous methods have been produced to make it much easier for quilt-makers to sew multi-angled quilts together. One of these techniques is named paper piecing, which is routinely taken advantage of to assemble the challenging points of the Mariner's Compass quilts
. Paper piecing, as it title illustrates, uses an unique paper pattern on which the fabric cuts are stitched. The pattern helps the needleworker to perfectly sew the pieces together so that the finished top will lie out evenly. Tactics of this sort as this are a tremendous support to our quilt-makers!